Delicious gluten free chocolate muffins

Gluten free chocolate muffins

Revised 21st August 2021

I love these chocolate muffins! They’re soft, deliciously rich and chocolatey and easy to make.

I was first introduced to these fabulous chocolate muffins when I worked at Juvela gluten free foods. I think that this recipe, along with the ‘Juvela famed’ gf lemon drizzle cake, are the ones that made me realise just how incredible homemade gluten free cakes could be, and what really got me into the gluten free baking groove!

I’ve done a quick revamp of the original post I shared for these gluten free chocolate muffins. As I felt the pictures I’d originally shared, didn’t do these yummy muffins justice. The recipe itself, besides increasing the quantity, suggesting the addition of vanilla extract (which works beautifully with chocolate) and a scattering of chocolate chips remains the same.

Ingredients (makes 18 medium size or 12 large muffins)

200g (7oz) butter (cubed will melt quicker – unsalted or salted would be fine – add a pinch of salt if using unsalted)
200 (7oz) *dark chocolate (50-60% cocoa would be good)
200g (7oz) gluten free self raising flour or mix
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
150g (5oz) golden caster sugar
2 tablespoons *cocoa powder sifted
125ml (5fl oz) milk
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon *vanilla extract
*Chocolate chips to scatter over the top (optional)

Flat lay of ingredients needed for gluten free chocolate muffins


Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4/160C Fan.

Line a muffin tray with muffin cases.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once melted leave to cool slightly.

Melted chocolate and butter in a large glass dish sat over a pan of boiling water

Sift the gluten free flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl and using a balloon whisk or your hands blend together. Add the sugar (and pinch of salt if using unsalted butter) and give everything another stir.

Ingredients needed to make gluten free chocolate muffins
Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract, add this along with the melted butter and chocolate to the dry ingredients and whisk until nice and smooth. If you don’t have a whisk a large spoon would be great.

Gluten free chocolate muffin mixture in a stainless steel bowl with a whisk in
Divide the mixture between the cases. The mixture is really runny and I found it best to pour it in. Filling the cases just short of  ¾ full gives you a perfect ‘muffin top’. If you want to top the muffins with a ganache or buttercream you may fancy not filling them quite so much.

Sprinkle a few chocolate chips onto each muffin before popping them into the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on muffin size) until well risen and firm but springy when gently pressed.

Gluten free chocolate muffins

Remove from the oven, allow to cool and enjoy!

Gluten free chocolate muffins

Recipe notes and suggestions:

These muffins are at their very best on the day you make them but will keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They can be frozen, however whilst the muffin itself would be fine the paper case may become a bit soggy.

Add ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum to your gluten free flour if it doesn’t already contain it.

You could make any size of muffin you fancy. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly. Tiny chocolate muffins look so cute especially in jazzy paper muffin cases!

Gluten free chocolate muffins make a super quick pudding when teamed up with cream, *ice-cream, *custard or hot *chocolate sauce.

The gluten free chocolate muffin recipe can instead be used to make a cake or traybake. If you fancy doing this, just grease and line two 20 cm sandwich tins for a cake and a 24 cm oblong tin for a traybake. The sandwich tin cakes will take approximately 25 minutes to bake and the traybake 30-35 minutes. Sandwich the cakes together with a chocolate fudge frosting to make a delicious fudge cake.

Thanks for checking out this recipe for gluten free chocolate muffins. Hope you love them as much as I do! Give me a shout if you have any questions.

For now,
Liz x

*Check this product out to ensure no gluten containing ingredients or ‘may contain’ or ‘not suitable’ warnings on the pack. If in doubt leave it out.

Thanks to Juvela for this great gluten free chocolate muffin recipe. For more recipe inspiration from Juvela click here.

2 thoughts on “Delicious gluten free chocolate muffins

  1. Liz Hylton says:

    I think this was the recipe I used for making a gf cake for my son’s wedding. Liz kindly gave me the recipe and the Juvela mix. I must admit to doing a ‘dummy run’ before the big day and it was delicious! (Even if I say so myself!) I used the Betty Crocker topping as recommended by Liz and when I had several guests stop me on the dance floor in the evening to compliment me on the cake, I was well chuffed 🤗 Thanks Liz!

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